Gil Elvgren (1914-1980)
It is largely believed that Gil Elvgren was, and continues to be, the best pin-up artist the world has ever known. From the mid 1930’s through 1972, Elvgren produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful girls and women. Almost all of these works are oil on canvas, and fully developed finished works of art. Elvgren continually surpassed himself, always improving in ideas, composition, color, and technique.
Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. In addition, he was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy.
Approximately a quarter of a million people worldwide have already viewed the works of all seventy-seven artists of this genre through the book “The Great American Pin-up“.
Below are a sample of the pin-up and glamour paintings produced by Elvgren.